The Berghoff Restaurant

4.4
1394 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food good service

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WendyC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

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EdwardS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service!

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SandraD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 4 days ago

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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DianeW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere with the wood paneling and wooden table and chairs. There is a good choice of beers, and I appreciate being able to order just a 3 oz glass -the Hefeweize is my favorite. The food is excellent, and I especially like the red cabbage! I do miss the old days when one received complimentary, delicious rye bread.

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SteveN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Kind of in a rush during our visit. Food was very good for the rest of our party but my fish and chips was disappointing. Small mushy pieces of fish. Beer and drinks were good. Service a little slow but I in today's environment, i get it.

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irishrunner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Marcia, was great. She took great care of us and was timely in stopping by our table for drink and food orders. It was a fun place to celebrate Oktoberfest. We were very happy it has re-opened.

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CalL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

What do you go to a German restaurant for? Me; fun, German Beer, German food and German music. Well, Berghoff doesn’t have any German beer. Zip, nada, NONE! If i had known this, i would not have gone. They didn’t have any German music the night we eat. They do have German food, but an extremely short menu.
The food was ok. My sausages were nice, but the German potato salad was very iffy. The prices are reasonable for the food, but regardless, if they don’t have beer from Germany, it is not worth a visit. Their in-house micro brew, fake German beer is terrible. Not sure Berghoff should even be called a German restaurant.

The Berghoff Restaurant
Responded on September 16, 2021

Good Morning CaIL, Our founder, and great-grandfather emigrated to the US in the late 1870's and established his brewery in 1887, then the restaurant in 1898, which you dined in. While we may not be the German restaurant or bar you've learned to visit, we do our best to serve a menu that caters both to our roots and contemporary dishes. We pride ourselves on our history, food, house-brewed beer, and service, so we apologize if you found that not up to your standards. Thank you for your feedback.

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StefanR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. However, the menu should be expanded to offer additional traditional German dishes and not simply the most common ones.

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Marie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Neither when I made our 6:30 pm reservation or when our waiter greeted us were we informed that the kitchen was closing at 7—on a Saturday night! We only learned when he brought our check when we were half way through eating our entrees so we had to take the rest of our meals with us. So naturally we were also unable to have dessert or coffee.

The Berghoff Restaurant
Responded on September 15, 2021

Good Morning Marie, I want to first thank you for the feedback on your dining experience. Secondly, I want to apologize that while we do close early temporarily, that does not mean you should have been given the impression you had to leave. We are incredibly disappointed to read that this happened. If you would, please contact me with the name or description of your server and any other pertinent information you may have so we may discuss this further. Thank you, Colleen S.

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Bean
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was okay but overhyped. Desert is decent. Turkey Reuben was a hard pass. Beef medallions were fine but lacked much seasoning.

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LaurenC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and prompt service! I loved the Wiener schnitzel and the potato pancakes

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great historical restaurant. Great food!!!

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SteveR24
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion this is one I f the coolest restaurants in Chicago. The first place to get a liquor license after prohibition. Cool atmosphere, good food and extremely friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Happy reopened. Same quality food and experience. Felt safe in environment.

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Ziggy
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Preconceptions dinner. Had Wiener schnitzel and wine. Excellent service. Place was empty. Covid fears I guess. Got to concert ontime

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The Berghoff is a Chicago institution. Unfortunately, it is living on its wonderful legacy. Food was awful - some appeared to be microwaved while desserts were institutional’

Table of 6 - one meal was warm and the others were all cold. We will never go back!

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Segoba
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Highly recommended.

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