The Berghoff Restaurant

4.3
887 reviews
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$30 and under
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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, 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!”

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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
German, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 427-3170
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matthew Reichel
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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!
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State Street
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Parking details
Reduced parking validation at InterPark Parking Garage, located at 17 E Adams.
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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.
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner before theater Good food choices. Great service

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QT
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Q Tips say: Go and enjoy! Hearty servings. Mr. Q ordered: Sausage Trio -Bratwurst, knockwurst and smoked Thüringer, served with sauerkraut and German potato salad. I had: the special- Oxtail Stew with house-made spätzle & a side order of potato pancakes – all so yummy! Our friends had: Fish entree and the other the Pork Medallions. Had a great time with friends and enjoyed our meals/drinks. Mrs. Q says: When you go pay attention to the photos on the walls and the stained glass windows, etc. Great ambiance. Going for lunch? Make sure you make a reservation since many of the locals do enjoy spending their lunch hours at The Berghoff. They are putting in a Fermentation Tank(s) – They will now brew their own beer.

Christmas decorations are very beautifully done.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and special holiday ambiance. A family tradition!

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

Attentive service and great food. A Chicago institution with an expanded menu.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food. Had the reuben, the schnitzel and salted carmel cheesecake, plus the German beer. All good.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quick prompt service and excellent food choices

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

The food was outstanding as was the beer! The four of us loved our meal. I had Jager Schnitzel with Spaetzle and Creamed Spinach and the other three had Saurbrauten .

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

Food not as good as it used to be. Tasted ok... but a bit more “massed-produced” rather than “made-to-order.”

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j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The Berghoff is a great traditional place for the holidays. The food was excellent but our waiter disappeared for over 30 minutes when we asked for a few minutes to chat before we ordered our lunch. We tried to make eye contact and waved but were ignored. A gentleman sitting at the adjacent table finally waved him down so we could order. The waiter not once apologized for the delay in taking our order. Unfortunate.

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BT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A pre-Hamilton dinner. Great staff and good food with plenty of gluten-free options. A fun place for just a couple, families or groups. Not raucous, just a good vibe of folks enjoying themselves. Enjoyed watching Santa stop at the tables with kids.

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MW
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way! There are so many things to love about the Berghoff -- the food is always fabulous -- fresh, prepared with care with wonderful flavors! The service was outstanding. Our server was there when we needed her and checked in just enough without being intrusive. I love the holiday decor. It feels warm and festive without overwhelming the senses. The prices at the Berghoff are also extremely reasonable both for food and beverages. And I enjoyed the most wonderful special, the Bouillabaisse! The broth was so fragrant and flavorful and the abundant seafood was cooked perfectly. I highly recommend enjoying this dish while it lasts! And my favorite potato perogis were delicate and delicious. Sadly we had no room for dessert so will have to make another visit to enjoy the apple strudel!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent German Food. Decorations for the holidays were very nice. MUST HAVE A RESERVATION! Very noisy as well.

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U
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat to eat here.

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RZ
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was wonderful! I had the molasses crusted pork which was very moist and tender on the inside, but had a wonderful crispy crust. My husband and I split the Black Forest cake for dessert. It had many flavors from sour cherry to chocolate and was excellent.

The service could have been improved upon, as we had to wait a while to place our order, due to possibly understaffing.

All in all a delightful experience with beautiful holiday decorations among the wood paneled decor.

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SM
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A traditional holiday stop on our family trips to Downtown Chicago!

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h
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Rouladen tasted good but had too much hamburger stuffing. What makes the Rouladen taste is the bacon, onion, and mustard inside , not so much other stuffing. Venison medallions were tough and needed longer cooking time. Desserts were excellent. Service lacked attention to details . Overall experience was pretty good.

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the only restaurant where I order beer. Also great food.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Large portions.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch at the Berghoff the day before Thanksgiving was terrific. The room was nicely decorated, we got a seat "on the wall" by a window, our waitress was outstanding and the food was delicious (tho too much)! We definitely will return. The noise level was not too bad, even though the room was full.

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J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at Berghoff’s. Great service and food. We had chicken and Wiener schnitzel, vey tasty. We will define go back on our next trip to Chicago.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was gross. Service slow

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Berghoff is our go to place before the CSO or after a day at the Art Institute. The Berghoff is a main stay!

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PB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional German food. AWESOME flourless chocolate cake.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a really nice place to take an out-of towner. the Loop doesn't have too many really good eating places, but Berghoff's has managed to come back from the "doldrums"

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RC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I hadn't been here in years and was happy to see that the reports that it had closed have been false, the next generation has stepped up to keep this landmark going. You go to The Berghoff because its The Berghoff, one of those Chicago traditions that can't be replicated anywhere. The food is good and reminds me of my grandmother and mother's holiday favorites. The Pierogi appetizers were amazing, and you MUST save room for the Apple Strudel. I was saddened to see the waiters no longer have the floor length aprons, one of those traditions that just shouldn't be replaced. Even our waitress said she had wished they were still around.

But go, enjoy, and relax. The tradition continues.

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WC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful holiday decorations

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

They never disappoint. Friendly, fantastic service and a very varied menu. Veg & GF options as well as the Berghoff family recepies. Also available some great options utilizing fresh ingredients and updated flavors/seasonings.

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KC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner with seeing Hamilton at the nearby CICB Theater

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Côté de porc plus carbonisée que « crusted ». Pommes de terre parfois cuites parfois pas. Nourriture médiocre dans un très joli décor. Dommage.

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S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We fondly remember this restaurant from 50 years ago for its quality German atmosphere and food, but were disappointed on our return. Restaurants, like any other human organization seem to have to keep innovating or they die and Berghoff has clearly been resting on its laurels for far too long.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The Berghoff is a Chicago icon and we glad it reopened, having eaten there many times. Unfortunately the German food no longer lives up to its previous standards. The schnitzel was grisly and overnbreaded, the spaetzle was tough and overcooked and the creamed spinach was cold and tasteless. Service was efficient but much of the former as mbiamce is gone.

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CW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our food was great! We had traditional German dishes -sauerbraten with veggies and spätzle and the wurst trio with potato pancakes. The beer and my fall old fashioned were tasty! Our waiter was not great. He was inattentive and not great at describing the dishes. But the other staff were gracious and helpful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and reasonable for being downtown Chicago

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Being gluten free for the past 3 years, it was a wonderful experience to be able to have a complete meal, that tasted good and was gluten free, accompanied by GF beer and a wonderful dessert.
The location is also perfect when attending Hamilton.

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JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Berghoff's took care to provide us a quiet table as requested (it's all relative at 6:30!) and excellent service. We were meeting our son, who had business in town, and they made us comfortable and able to enjoy a family get together. Great location, easy to get to for our son, coming from O'Hare and us, coming from Edgewater. We'd definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing authentic German food. Service was a little slower than I'd like but overall worth the time and cost.

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GD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Visiting the Berghoff this time was a great disappointment. I've been eating there since the 1980s and the food and service are but a shadow of what they used to be. Sadly, the old waiters are gone, the service is pretty variable with attitude being thrown, they don't serve the same menu and what they DO serve is very poorly done. I wish I'd had the money in the mid-2000s to buy the place and keep it just the way it was. It's so historic and is such an icon to Chicago that I'm tempted to say that the city should have coaxed a famous chef or a consortium of chefs to buy it and improve upon what was already there...not to add...just improve.

Also, sadly, the Berghoff beer wasn't even available because they are expanding the brewery into the west side of the dining areas. I guess this is to make it easier to see the brewing facilities? Who cares what that looks like when you're talking about beer that's never been spectacular but means EVERYTHING to those that know the Berghoff and want to dine there?!?!

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RG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Berghoff provides a phenomenal setting and incredible menu options. It is the perfect place to dine when in Chicago.

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KR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Authentic German cuisine.

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