The Berghoff Restaurant

4.4
1409 Reviews
$30 and under
German

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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, now run by fourth generation, Pete 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. In December 2018 the Berghoff family opened Adams Street Brewery, aptly named after the street they have called home for over a century, as a nod to their brewing roots and to commemorate the restaurants 120th anniversary.

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!”

Private Dining - Host your next event in one of our four private rooms. Contact Jenna Musil at Jenna@Berghoff.com to host your next event at the historic Berghoff.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipFoodlaw
New England
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Everything was sub-standard - food, service, ambience. Light too bright in main dining room. Was curious to go back after a number of years. Truly disappointed.

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TaraG
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding meal. It was my husband’s birthday and this was where he wanted to eat. We live in Dearborn, Michigan and took the early morning train (6:45 am) to Chicago, walked to the restaurant, had lunch and then took the train home. We got home at 2:30 am but it was worth it! The service was great and the food was superb!

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Deena
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No one does German food and beer better! Service is very good and we love the history and ambiance. If you're into beer, their hefeweizen is perfect. In fact al their German styles are perfect. The hazy IPA currently on tap, though, is not good. Not sure if it's a problem with yeast or hops. Take a pass on that. Otherwise, you can't go wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Reservations honored and immediately seated, but we had to wait for about 15 mins before a server came to the table. After that we had a great family meal, food and drinks were great. I wish there were a couple more options for non-meat eaters but I made a meal out of the fabulous side dishes. Everyone else enjoyed schnitzel and sauerbraten.
Black Forest cake was super good, beers great, root beer also great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time since they reopened and I wasn’t disappointed. They treated my four kids extremely well and their service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family visiting

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PatrickP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and unobtrusive service. First rate food.

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NoreenD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Too much food was pre-prepared. Spatzle was cold and tasted like it was fried hours before. The veinersnitzel was dry and served with only 1 small piece of lemon to moisten it. Love the red cabbage. The root beer is so creamy and good.

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ChrisA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner and had a great waiter.

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JeanT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was wonderful to be eating at the Berghoff again. The changes in menu were disappointing, food not as good or authentic as we remembered, but the beers were good. Live music with a mire German flavor would have been nice in the bar.

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Susieq
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have enjoyed Berghoff’s for 24 years. The quality of the food has definitely slipped down. We always enjoyed the creamed spinach. It was full of pepper and not edible! The Wiener schnitzel on a scale of 1-10 rates a ‘6’. The Spatzle was poor. We were very disappointed in the food. Service & ambiance..fine.

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KathrynG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, beer, drinks and service where incredible! Can't wait to go back.

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MikeK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place, great food, good beer. Average noise level, but slightly dull without any music whatsoever. Was expecting at least some traditional German music during Oktoberfest.

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livetoeat
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious, especially the German chocolate cake! The sauerbraten was fork tender and the gravy was tasty. The service was slow because our server was in training. I would go back for a pretzel and a beer.

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JohnS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Chicago for the day and scheduled a late lunch. Service was prompt, the food came out very quickly and it tasted great, as always. A nice sized portion at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food good service

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WendyC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

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EdwardS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service!

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SandraD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I understand that the service industry has shortages right now but the server we had made no effort and she never came back the table never asked me if I wanted another way I never got my water refills never asked for dessert!

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ChristinaS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. The only issue is parking. But that’s not unusual for downtown.

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Javadavy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and craft beer selection were all excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A Chicago icon.

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Aleks
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!!! The food is awesome. German style. I love that they have all kinds of meats duck, venison, bore, lamb and others. Highly recommended!!! Plus the they have real beer! Prost!

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JodyG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theater meal. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and respected our time concerns. Food was excellent!

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic German food, beer, and atmosphere. Brought my parents there who lived in Germany for years and they absolutely loved it.

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KathyD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was great. I would highly recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Historic restaurant. Variety of German dishes on the menu and great Beer selection. Consider the liter Stein if you’re a beer drinker. Cool experience! Friendly staff. Currently understaffed as most places are so please be kind to whose who are working. Kids loved the draft root beer.

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may515
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was mediocre. Service good.

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vipAngie
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

We’ve been going to the Berghoff since the 1960’s—. my husband was even a waiter there. After we moved to CA in 1985, we still came back to the restaurant every time we were in town. It’s been probably 8 years since our last visit. On Oct 2, we brought a friend visiting from CA with us for lunch.
Everything had changed— which sometimes happens, especially since COVID— but we were shocked at the way the quality of the meals had changed— and embarrassed that we had raved to our friend how fantastic it was. The schnitzels were so dry they were inedible, the spaetzel was dry and lukewarm.. No rye bread on the tables anymore either.
And no steins— except for root beer????
Only the creamed spinach was as we remembered.
No wonder the place was empty when we arrived at noon.
We will never go back.

The Berghoff Restaurant
Responded on October 11, 2021

Good Morning Angie, Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience at The Berghoff. We take all reviews seriously and do our best to address them as quickly as possible, so I apologize for my delayed email. Yes, we have removed the bread from the tables, to upon request only, and we only offer the beer in pints or half-pints now, nothing else should have changed. We take all comments about quality of food seriously and will be addressing this with the kitchen team asap. Thank you!

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MichaelS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Berghoff always a pleasure. Not your average fare, service was exceptional even in these strange understaffed times, this restaurant is what Chicago was and is all about. Unpretentious, friendly, good value.

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RebeccaK
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

An iconic Chicago restaurant that has evolved with the times.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Have been going there for many years. Of course there was an interruption in service and thus changes in staff and perhaps normal quality might vary. I will give them another chance to get back to pre-COVID standards

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NormA
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The Berghoff Restaurant was not good on this visit. We have not been in years to Chicago so we were excited to get back to The Berghoff but not to have a meal that appeared to be previoiusly cooked and then reheated in the microwave. The red cabbage was too sweet and full of cinnamon. We were so disappointed that we will not be back for microwaved schnitzel dinners.

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TedW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A classic version lace for German classics. Great to be there again after all these months

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GregC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a great German restaurant. And with more beer choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder experience as always on my trips to Chicago!

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AllenG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic old Chicago eatery. Been going there fir over 50 years. They just reopened two months ago and are going strong. Excellent Duck meatballs and pork dish. Oktoberfest beer on tap!

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PatriciaD
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was excited to visit after 20 years. Was seriously disappointed with the food. My companion had a truly good looking french dip and the housemade potato chips were good, but I had the wiener schnitzel and it made me very sad. The schnitzel itself was not hot and was tough, plus it was impossible to tell there was veal cutlet in the breading--this was more like the schnitzel you can buy at Aldi's. Insult to injury was the grey spaetzel, which was soggy, grey and greasy. I was temped by the salmon Napoleon and in hindsight I should have tried it. I suspect that the heritage dishes on this menu don't really get a lot of respect in the kitchen. The creamed spinach was good, so there's that, and the flight of beers I ordered was truly amazing. We sat for half an hour before anyone even brought us water. I know in this current environment that staffing is tricky, so I'm trying to be kind about it.

I'd recommend this for the beer alone, and the pretzel appetizer (giant, bready pretzel hanging from a hook with a good mustard sauce for dipping) but I don't trust them now with food.

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BillM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of German meals; good specials. Potato salad and sauerkraut were excellent and good variety of sausages.

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KyleS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Berghoff is a Chicago landmark. The food and service are great, and he main dining room is almost a museum with wonderful pictures of old Chicago (particularly the 1893 Columbian Exposition) on the walls. The main dining room is connected to the Adams Street Brewery which has a warm, friendly, and charming atmosphere, and an incredible beer selection

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