The Berghoff Restaurant

4.4
1439 Reviews
$30 and under
German

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***Holiday Update***During the Holiday Season, we will be Walk-in Only on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning the week of November 21st and the entire week of December 20th and December 27th. We do this so we may ensure that we can effectively serve and accommodate all our guests. Please note that we will do our best to serve all guests in a timely fashion, but there may be a slight wait prior to your seating.

---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.

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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vipJasonL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The Berghoff, go for beer and pretzels, do not go for dinner. Sit on the bar side of the restaurant. They have live music, and it has a much better ambiance than the dining-only side. The Helles Lager, Hefeweizen, and Bavarian Pretzel were all very good. Dinner was, sorry, awful—everything bordering on inedible. Rubbery, flavorless spaetzle, underdressed wilted salad, tv dinner quality rahm schnitzel. Everything warm felt like it came out of a microwave. It is not what I remember from years past—a real shame.

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ChristinaJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so glad to be back to celebrate the holidays after the COVID shutdown. Cheerful holiday decor. well-staffed and efficient service. Fresh and flavorful food! A Chicago treasure restored! Our server Benicio made our experience extra special!

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vipLetseatout
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sherman food and decor gor the holidays was beautiful

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vipTraceyC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was attentive and nice. The place smelled a bit funny, but the decor for Christmas was a really nice touch. Our meals were good. (My husband really liked his schnitzel with a Jaegermeister sauce, and my Reuben was fine.) The cheese sauce with the jumbo pretzel was very tasty, and the various beers we tried were all worth having again.

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KyleR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very authentic and quality German food in a Chicago historical landmark.

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RustyShackelford
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We’ve been coming here for over 25 years. Things have changed a bit over time, mostly not for the better, but that’s the way things go. Still love it for the nostalgia.

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Pharaoh
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I have dined at this restaurant several times in recent years, and I have always been very satisfied with the quality of the food and its preparation. Sadly, my latest visit to this place -- the first one since the beginning of the pandemic -- was an enormous disappointment. The food came out to the table when we had barely started to consume our pre-dinner drinks. The dishes gave all the appearance of having been prepared in advance, then simply microwaved and rushed to the table so the staff could close the restaurant as soon as possible for the evening.

The food can only be considerd an embarassment for a restaurant with Berghoff's storied history. The sausages on one person's plate weren't like anything any of us had eaten there in the past, and the sauerkraut was also poor. Two of us at the table had ordered sauerbraten, which was bland and looked and tasted as if it just came out of the microwave. I assume my plate hadn't been in the microwave long enough, because the vegetables weren't properly cooked.

I expect that Berghoff's is just trying to survive these days, but this is not the way to do it. We will not be returning to this restaurant anytime in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was prompt and friendly. Live music in the bar was performed well, but the wrong mood. Lounge jazz is not what you're hoping for at a German place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Food. The pork shank was deeeeelish. House beer was good too.

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viplouisek
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

we miss the wonderful bread they used to make. bring it back :) please

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KimiB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was our server. Very polite, pleasant and professional. I wish I had more cash on me so that I could tip him more.

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joanM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I studied German in high school & college &, at 17, spent a summer studying there, immersing myself in the culture, dreaming in German, & loving the food, bakery, noon fiestas of mountain climbing, swimming in mountain lakes, driving through clouds, meeting people.

I'm 72 now, & honestly, can't remember the last time I ate sauerbraten! So I ordered it! It was everything I remember! The buttery mashed potatoes, the sweet & "sauer" gravy, the melt-in-your-mouth beef! Yum! It was served with asparagus & carrot - both perfectly cooked. I also ordered red cabbage & that was equally yummy!

The restaurant is quaint & lovely - been around for many years, & now owned by the family's son. Good job! Our server was fun & friendly.

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SallyL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was as very good. We did wait for a while as we seemed to be sitting in a "dead zone" with no server, although there were plenty of servers around. We spoke to one of the hosts, and he had two servers, one in training, with us very quickly.

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vipBill
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice to get back to the Berghoff after many years. Service was attentive and well paced. The appetizers were very good, including the giant pretzel, the shrimp wrapped in bacon and the stuffed mushrooms. Many of us ordered the Weiner Schnitzel which was very good except the spaetzle was dry and lukewarm and seemed like it had been sitting in a warmer for a long time. Otherwise, very good meal. Would earn 5 stars if they can get the spaetzle right.

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SherryR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were very few diners for lunch on the day we went. The service was excellent and the food was excellent, as usual. For around 10-15 minutes after we were seated, there was an annoying noise (we were seated in a booth near the reception area and the brewing area). However, after a man went into the "brewing room" and did something to the "vats" in there, the noise ceased and the rest of our stay was very pleasant. The Berghof is always a favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

21st Birthday celebration

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IreneB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food as usual, but what happened to the rye bread? It’s little touches like that which make a restaurant memorable. Also, even though it goes for the German beer house vibe, turning down the lights a bit would be nice. Great fall decorations!

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AnnM
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at this classic restaurant! Started with the stuffed mushrooms appetizer and the pretzel. Delicious! My only suggestion is, since you normally have two tops and four tops, make the mushroom appetizer 4 mushrooms, maybe a hair bit bigger, instead of five. Makes it easier to share! Our table of four had the beef medallions, three sausage plate and two of us had the Jaager Shchnitzel. Delicious- the roasted root vegetable side on the schnitzel plates were yummy. Also a side of red cabbage was delicious. We splurged and had dessert too - german chocolate cake was definitely sufficient to share! Service was great! Prompt greeting, good pace, dirty plates cleared promptly. Very enjoyable evening!

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vipARB1968
Milwaukee
114 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here, enjoyed our dinner. We ordered a flight of beer, perogies, bacon wrapped shrimp. Then we shared chicken schnitzel with the jagermeister sauce, potato pancake appetizer, and bread basket. Foid and service was all very good.

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BklynPaul
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I had high hopes for this restaurant as I really enjoy German food, unfortunately the Berghoff serves tired washed down versions of the dishes. I had to return my first dish to the kitchen because it was literally spoiled, tasting rancid, and of being in the back of the refrigerator for a month or so. Such a shame

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food just wasn’t that great. I was expecting a full German experience with handmade food but the food seemed to be “cookie cutter” food. Wasn’t what I was expecting

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DebraV
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything we ordered was excellent. It was unfortunate to be short staffed that evening. We had four different servers throughout our meal. It would have been fine except we had theater tickets. Bravo to the staff for maneuvering through the chaos and getting us in our seats with three minutes to spare. We will definitely be back.

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vipCWag
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back in many years, not disappointed with this iconic Chicago restaurant. Potato pancakes & pierogis were an excellent start, then our party of 4 ordered Weiner schnitzel a la Holstein & chicken schnitzel which the kitchen beautifully split for us. The Bavarian pretzel was a last minute add on, so happy for that tasty treat. Service could not have been better. Can’t wait to go back to try the rest of the menu.

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mb13
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was good. We will be back.

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WilliamF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Husband's sauerbraten was better than ever (I go back 50+ years). Wife was a tad disappointed in her appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend for our trip to Chicago

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vipAndyW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Prompt seating and service, pretty empty for lunch crowd. Service prompt, maybe over-prompt at times. Shared pretzel that was really great. Food was ok, felt like it had been sitting (schnitzel, spatezle) but really good flavor and warm enough. overall, felt a little cafeteria like for dining room, but would come back (have been going to Berghoff since early 90s).

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JeremyK
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Quiet dinner, great service but food was blah. Undercooked (carrots still hard, potatoes in the Germany potato salad were still a little raw and starchy), and lastly food was lukewarm when it arrived.

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PeterM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sous Vide Pork Shank was outstanding. I wish however they would have offered me the option to have it crispy which is traditional done.

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vipFoodlaw
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
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.

The Berghoff Restaurant
Responded on October 26, 2021

Good Morning Foodlaw, We take pride in our food, service, and customers' overall experience, so we are disappointed that you felt everything was subpar. If you would please contact us at info@berghoffcom. With the time you dined, description or name of the server, what you ordered, and any other pertinent information, we would appreciate it. We take all complaints and concerns seriously and do our best to rectify these issues as quickly as possible. Thank you, Colleen S. Brand Manager

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TaraG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
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 on October 23, 2021
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 on October 22, 2021
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 on October 22, 2021
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 on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family visiting

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PatrickP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and unobtrusive service. First rate food.

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NoreenD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
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.

The Berghoff Restaurant
Responded on October 26, 2021

Good Morning Noreen, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your meal. We take all complaints and concerns seriously and have sent this to our culinary team to review. We appreciate you also highlighting some positive points of your meal, that is very much appreciated. If you have any other pertinent information you think we need to know, please contact us directly at info@berghoffcom. Thank you again, Colleen S. Brand Manager

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ChrisA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner and had a great waiter.

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JeanT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
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 on October 20, 2021
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.

The Berghoff Restaurant
Responded on October 26, 2021

Hi Susie, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on your dinner. We are disappointed that your meal was not as expected, especially for being a diner for over 20 years. We take these complaints seriously and have already sent them to our culinary department. If there is any other information that you would like to share with us, please contact us directly at info@berghoffcom. Thank you again, Colleen S. Brand Manager

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