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Tue, 5/22
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The Berghoff Restaurant

4.2
668 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great Beer
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Street
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Parking details
Reduced parking validation at InterPark Parking Garage, located at 17 E Adams.
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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.
Additional
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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3.9
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

There for a late lunch. Overall good but service wasn’t great even though there were only half a dozen active tables in dining room. Food quality was acceptable but not exceptional as it has been in the past. Didn’t rate a return visit for me.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best Wiener Schnitzel I’ve ever had in the US!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was excelente, the staff very attentive and the ambiance great. My Schnitzel very well prepared and the apfel strudel one of the best.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Food was just ok, quality-wise but pricey. Won’t go again.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Pre theater dinner. Always great German food and ambiance. Pleasant staff.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

reservation process and dining was great. no issues. for a table of 10, the food came rather quickly. everyone enjoyed the food and had a good time.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Average food

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Restaurant staff was accommodating to our group of 10, and the food was great!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food was amazing! Very tasty and great portions. I went to Berghoff to celebrate my graduation and the staff was very helpful to change the time of my reservation. I would recommend to anyone !

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Good food and service

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was okay and service not what it was years ago. The two bread plates on the table had an old crushed butter patties between them. We placed our drink and entree order at the same time and the entree arrived first. It could have been cooked a while longer.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The service was good, answered all of our questions! The food was great! Very good and good portions. They don't have the biggest wine selection but their beer options are great!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Took my out of town parents here... they liked it. Good service. Good food.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I've been to Germany and Austria a handful of times and love the food there so I was eager to see how the Wiener Schnitzel was at Berghoff's. I loved it, the spaetzel, and the creamed spinach. Service was swift and friendly, and the German Riesling on the wine list was excellent. It can get noisy on weekends because there's music in the bar, so I'd recommend the room to the right.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great charm and atmosphere. Food was excellent as always. Great place to go with friends.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food was fantastic!
Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Great food!

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The last time I was at this restaurant was my honeymoon 35 years ago!. My son and daughter-in-law live in Chicago and it was their 2-year anniversary so we thought this might be fun. I was really disappointed, the food was decent but the service was bad. I wished we would eaten in the bar area where it looked more comfortable.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Everything at this restaurant was perfectly fine. Nothing was outstanding. Our service was perfectly fine. Only knock there was that the busser tried to take our plates when our food was only half eaten and everyone was still actively eating for the most part. We had to firmly request to keep our food. Otherwise we had the appropriate level of attention. The ambiance was fine, a bit noisy but that's to be expected. It's a worn, casual interior. The food was perfectly fine, it was not amazing and it was not bad at all. It was German comfort food done well. We also had desserts that were once again, perfectly fine. Not one item, even the rootbeer, left us wishing for more. Now that we have experienced the famous Berghoff I would not return.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

New York strip meal was fatty :(

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

A family get together for dinner and the theater. Food was good and the menu was diverse enough to please everyone who wanted some authentic German food. Beer was enjoyed also.

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2.0Dined on April 25, 2018

As one of the oldest establishments in the city, there’s a certain mystique surrounding the Bergoff. This trip, not only was the mark missed, but the target removed. The good: a Grilled Molasses Crusted Pork Chop that was charred, smoky, and pleasingly tender. The addition of a bacon Fuji bourbon apple reduction was surprisingly complementary. I didn’t understand the “corn smashed potatoes”; literally kernel corn mixed into mashed potatoes. Kids do this when they’re trying to hide something they don’t like to eat. OTOH, grilled asparagus was perfect; a huge surprise considering the number of line chefs that screw this simple accompaniment up.

The bad: “Rahm Schnitzel”, which lived up to its namesake - tough and unyielding. If footwear manufacturers need a substitute for Vibram®️soles, they need look no further. Accompanying sides, mashed potatoes (no corn added), verts, and baby carrots were, I’m told, delicious.

In short, inconsistency is the order at Bergoff. An ancient Chinese proverb says it best:

富 不过三代
Fu bu guo san dai
Or
“Wealth does not pass three generations”

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Delicious Wiener schnitzel and sides. The Black Forest cherry cake needs more layers and flavor to be true to the original. Apple strudel was very good.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The Berghoff has been a favorite of mine for many years. I am glad to see that it has maintained its standards through several management changes.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very busy restaurant, but we were seated immediately because we had made a reservation. Service was fast, friendly and helpful. But, most of all, the food was everything we had expected it to be. Very tasty!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

While in Chicago, Berghoff is a must. Never disappointed. This time, service was above average.

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We always eat here when in Chicago. Food is excellent and service is typically good but the waitress was obnoxious this time. Hopefully this was a fluke.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The Berghoff for me has always been stable when going to downtown Chicago. I’m not downtown very often anymore but the Berghoff remains my restaurant of choice when I do travel to the loop. The service is quick and efficient and being of German extraction, I love the food. One minor irritation is that a “stein” of Berghoff root beer cost $3.50 with no refills. The stein is one of the smallest I’ve ever seen.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The seafood soup was amazing -- every type of shell fish plus salmon in a wonderful broth. Ate it for two days. Great value at $19. My table-mate weren't as thrilled with their sausage choices, but overall it was a nice meal. Oddly bright in there, even at night, which gave it a cafeteria feel. I think I'll dine in the bar area the next time I visit.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Our dinner was great, our server did a great job, he kept on top of things. it was a very enjoyable dinner!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The Berghoff has anice mix of traditional German and new age cuisine. Our table ordered a mix of those offerings. The whitefish with grilled vegetables was very good - light and nicely sauced. The sausage plate had 3 offerings with sauerkraut and apples. The halibut sandwich was very creative. Lastly the smoked salmon tower was plentiful, fresh and served with potato pancakes- very good. The key lime tart closed the meal and was very good. Wine and beeer selections were good and reasonable. I would certainly recommend it.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

A bit pricey for lunch. Waiter didn’t refill our drinks often. Food was fresh and tasty and a good selection. Felt like servers didn’t care if we enjoyed our dining or not.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This is the first time I have dined at the Berghoff Restaurant since I moved back to Chicago two years ago (despite living walking distance from the restaurant). There are so many new, innovative, and trendy restaurants in Chicago with healthier choices, I never thought about trying one that's been around for over 100 years and serves heavy German food to boot.

I did enjoy the food and would recommend The Berghoff to all. The decor is definitely dated and the service is just okay. I guess it's what one should expect from an old time - stood the test of time - German style restaurant. Give it a try.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This is our go to place to make reservations for dinner with friends before the symphony. Always get a table, service is great and food is good.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food, great service! We will definitely come back next time we’re in Chicago.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We haven't been to Berghoffs for a few years and thought as we were in Chicago for a musical, we would go for dinner at Berghoffs. It looks pretty much the same inside. The waiters were casually attentive and that was acceptable. The food was disappointing. We had Wiener Schnitzel ($19) and a reuben. The Wiener Schnitzel was basically thinly sliced beef with sauce on top and did not taste marinated. the spaetzel was crumbly. The reuben was acceptable.
Sadly we will not return to Berghoffs.

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We were seated right away and greeted with water and bread almost immediately.
Our server Danny came over and said hello and asked if we have ever been there before. We told him no and then he proceeded to let us know his favorite dishes. He said he would be back in a minute to take our order.
After this that was the last time he came to our table. 18 min later we waved down another server who took our order and then as well was never seen again. Ended up having to take everything to go as lunch hour was over. Our table was completely forgotten about.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We had lunch at The Berghoff on a Wednesday. Reservations were secured through Open Table and we were promptly seated. A container of rye bread and crisps were placed on the table with the water. It took a few minutes for the waitress to arrive, but when she did she was really attentive. Water glasses were closely monitored and the food arrived promptly. The creamed spinach is the best!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Authentic German food in downtown Chicago. Good selection of beers and portions are quite large. Could have dimmed the lights a bit to improve ambiance. Excellent value for the portions and quality.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Love the place. Calves liver overdone. A rarity at Berghoff.

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