The Berghoff Restaurant

4.3
834 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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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.
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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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What 834 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I was terribly disappointed. We were seated by the door when you walked in and didn't see anything but the renovation section of a brewery. The food came way too quickly - like from a cafeteria and it was horrible. The meal arrived two minutes after the soup and was cold since I wanted to eat the soup which I shouldn't have bothered doing. Never going back - would never recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I compute to the city occasionally to meet with friends and enjoy the lunch menu and the excellent service.

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M
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Average German food with many non-German options that were tasty. They didn't have any German wine on the list, which was disappointing considering it's a *German* restaurant and I could go down the street to the grocery or liquor store and easily buy one. Our waiter was nice and accommodating but as the night went on, it was clear that the restaurant wanted to close and that they wanted us to go. By the end, we really felt like we needed to leave vs. finish our drinks and desserts. Overall, it was an OK experience. We've been here before and will probably go again but it could have been better.

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MW
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love German food and when we found this place we were not disappointed at all! One of the oldest places in Chicago area and not hard to figure out why it has lasted all these years!!

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

Our waiter was outstanding

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J
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place, now run by the family’s 4th generation. Food and service are beyond reproach. The restaurant is historic and very popular so be sure to make a reservation. True German cuisine.

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Recommended by a friend. Great experience before CIBC performance.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good beer, service and food

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CE
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was very bland. The German beer was great.

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RT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was authentic and good. A varied beer menu nd full bar

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Good beer. Classic old Chicago place. However, food was just not good. We both had jaegerschnitzel (flat flavor, like warm) and red cabbage (very sweet).

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V
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the weiner schnitzel. Very tender and tasty. Our server was very friendly and attentive. Great place to go for dinner before the theater.

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R
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the old style decor and atmosphere. The German dishes were good.

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CD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow, but our dinner was as delicious as I have always had.
I had one of the day’s specials, Duck meatball stroganoff. It was a very tasteful dish.

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AV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good German food selection mixed with alternatives. Service was a little slow and waiter forgot part of our order.

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BG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great piece of Chicago History with hearty German standards. Great sevice without bein obtrusive. The food is solid but not overly exciting.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Wanted good German food
Ordered sourbraten and vienerschnitzel. Beef was tough and schnitzel was dry. The spetzel wasn’t cooked and was tough.
Sorry. The server was nice.
The gravy on the viener was very good

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OT
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We love going to the Berghoff for great sauerbraten! I had mine with wonderful spaetzle...yum! My partner had the same but with potato pancakes which she loved. The service is always good (thank you, Eric!) and so is the wine (nice selection). The only suggestion I would have is to lower the lights a little...they seemed really bright which took away from the ambiance. Also...I was surprised they did not have rouladen...would love to see that added to the menu.

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PJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I dined at The Berghoff for years, and expected the crowds of yore to be there for lunch on Columbus Day. It was almost deserted, but we enjoyed our lunch and the service immensely.

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GD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My father loved Berghoff back in the sixties so it was a must on our itinerary, the foods, atmosphere, & service did not disappoint!!

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DT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic authentic German food. The sauerbraten is fabulous.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Berghoff is not only great food, delicious beer, but a piece of Chicago history. I found the Oktoberfest decorations as well as the menu to be just like a piece of Germany. You don’t have to fly 3000 miles to Europe to taste authentic sauerbraten, meatloaf, spaetzle (a noodle), and delicious desserts. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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KM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Ordered the ribeye and it was just another steak, nothing special, and at 35 bucks was to pricey. Salmon dish was much better and the flavor was great..Shrimp appetizer was the best.
Wait staff was very good and attentive.
I'd say ,that it's a nice place to have a good lunch, more than a Dinner for a special occasion. .more family orientated than cosy date, but it's a German restaurant also..

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VD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love me a Berghoff dinner. Felt like we were stuck out in the center of the room, not a good place with a stroller.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Esther, was absolutely wonderful! Thank you!

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy Berghoff’s especially in October for Octoberfest. Great food and beer. My husband remembers when the waiters wore white dress shirts, ties and white aprons. He was disappointed by the employees in T-shirts. Times change.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been to the Berghoff for a few years. What a treat to discover it is still wonderful. Love the sauerbraten

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PL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Decent german food with a modern twist. Nice varied menu. The roast duck is very good. One of the few places left where you actually get a half of a roasted duck! Nice. There are fewer and rewear german restaurants and Chicago is losing them as well. I would highly recommend The Berghoff

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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for the Oktoberfest music. Website is ambiguous (different info in different spots re music) so call ahead to confirm the band will be there if this is important to you.

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SV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Berghoff’s was on my dad’s restaurant bucket list and lived up to his expectations. Food was great and they even brought a pickle as a side per my moms request. Very accommodating to my dad who uses a walker. Thanks for the website tip in where to park for a substantial discount.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Great Beer! Great Cocktails! Need I say more?

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JY
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This place is an overpriced cafeteria. Food was boring and unflavorful. Took 10 minutes to get greeted by our server, then our food came out in about 5 minutes. I assume it was all pre prepared in the kitchen and thrown on the plates.

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BS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was authentic german and the desserts were amazing. The German Chocolate Cake is some pf the best I have ever had.

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S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had not been to the Berghoff for over 30 years. We are from Wisconsin but moved to Arizona 25 years ago. Just as good as we remember!

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of six from out of town had dinner before seeing Hamilton. Enjoyed the Octoberfest music in the bar before going into the dining room. Everyone ordered something different and was very pleased.

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BH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great variety of German dishes and close to the theater where we were going afterwards. Our server was respectful of our time constraints and helpful in recommending dishes.

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AM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre and underwhelming

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RR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time at The Berghoff. One guy was really excited because his Father brought him to The Berghoff when he was a child. Many fond memories. He was so glad I invited him. What a great time was had by all. Thanks for being such a great place with consistently excellent food.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a nice way to end a 10 day vacation. We're from RI and enjoyed every minute in your fabulous city.

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OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good German food and they do have some American food items. But go for the authentic German food and beer.

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