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The Berghoff Restaurant, Chicago, IL

The Berghoff Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1851 Reviews
$30 and under
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, now run by the fourth generation, Pete Berghoff. 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, to nod to their brewing roots and commemorate the restaurant's 120th anniversary.

**Upcoming Holiday Hours and Policies**
Holiday Hours Beginning on Tuesday, November 22nd-December 31st
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM-Last Seating at 8 PM.
Special Open Day, Monday, Dec 19th
Closed on Thursday, Nov 24th, Saturday, Dec 24th

We do not accept reservations during the holiday season on Fridays and Saturdays. We are walk-in only to accommodate all guests and party sizes efficiently and promptly.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 427-3170

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Reichel

  • 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!

  • Private party facilities

    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. Contact Jamaal Bashir l to book your next event--Jamaal@berghoff.com

  • Private party contact

    Jenna Musil: (844) 556-5484

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    State and Adams Street

  • Parking details

    Reduced parking validation at InterPark Parking Garage, located at 17 E Adams.

  • 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.<br /><br />We offer validated parking at 17 E Adams-InterPark. Please make sure to bring your parking ticket to the restaurant, and ask your server or host to validate.<br /><br />SpotHero Parking<br /><br />Book convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.<br /><br />To reserve your parking spot, visit the Berghoff Restaurant SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,851 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RN

    RichardN

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall pretty good . Crowded even though it was Thursday night at 5:30. Tomato sauce on the chicken schnitzel had a very peculiar flavor—for sure not German. Better to just get Mormon with it. Would go again because it is close to Symphony hall.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place. Very nice for the holidays! Good for kids.
  3. A

    Ally

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great atmosphere and reasonably priced. The food is authentic and brought back warm memories of coming here with my parents years ago.
  4. A

    Anonymous

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Looking for mid range restaurant with classic comfort food? Berghoffs does it good. Don‘t expect a German experience though - the beer sizes are way too small, and the food has nothing to do with classic German cuisine. And the soundlevel is overwhelming.
  5. MM

    MaryM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best things about the "old" Chicago that I know and love.
  6. E

    Eflew

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Sadly, Berghoff’s food (quality and flavor) is mediocre, plated it’s very underwhelming. Our server was a bit snippy, though many other employees were pleasant. I’ve been a Berghoff fan for over 30 years, this was my second visit in the past couple months post-pandemic. Brought German relatives in for their first time, they all voted that they prefer our usual suburban German restaurant. The dining room leaves much to be desired (even with Christmas decor) and the bright, BRIGHT can lights should be softened. Reputation and history brings me back, but recent quality and ambiance will not.

    The Berghoff RestaurantResponded on November 29, 2022Good Morning, Thank you for your feedback on both your service and meal. Please know we take all complaints or concerns seriously. We understand that our interior may not be for everyone; however, it has remained this way for close to 125 years, keeping it authentic to our family's legacy. Please email us at info@berghoff with the name or description of your server and the specific issues regarding your meal so that we may address this with the appropriate department. Colleen S. Management

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Service great, food average, prices high.
  8. S

    Sammy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem in the loop.
  9. G

    Gandhi

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Sauerbraten was perfect, Wiener Schnitzel not as expected, Spaetzle not good. Service was bad, tried to push us out at 8:45p. Startet cleaning while still eating. Empty restaurant at 9p and odd ambiance. If full the restaurant can have authentic ambiance. Plus better service.

    The Berghoff RestaurantResponded on November 29, 2022Good Morning, Thank you for your feedback. We are disappointed that both your meal and service were lacking and that you felt rushed out of the restaurant. We take all feedback and complaints seriously and do our best to address every issue quickly and with the correct departments. If you would, please email us at info@berghoff with the name or description of your server, what exactly was off with the Weiner Schnitzel and Spatzle, and any other pertinent information. Colleen S. Management

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I haven’t been the in 30+ years. It hasn’t changed much, good good, good service, decorated nicely fir Christmas
  11. TE

    TomE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Number one establishment for lunch while holiday shopping.
  12. DM

    DanM

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Berghoff is very good for what it provides...simple German style food in an historic Chicago location. Been enjoying the Berghoff all my life, and fully intend to come back again and again.
  13. JB

    JulieB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ruben sandwich is delicious Perfect service, quick and sympathique Love the ambiance!
  14. SK

    StephenK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    40 years later this place still is super fantastic.
  15. S

    Spinto

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We return whenever we visit Chicago. Food is the main reason: the quality of ingredients, the skill in preparing it, the pride with which it's shared. A creature of habit, I ordered the jager schnitzel with caramelized root vegetables and spatzele. Wonderful. I intend to try something else on my next visit, but I can't be sure I won't fall back on this favorite as I know I won't be disappointed.
  16. B

    Barb

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We prefer a restaurant that is not too noisy. We were seated in a corner so noise level was just right! Very nice meal!
  17. A

    Artie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice Restaurant with beautiful decoration. Friendly staff and good Selection of beers
  18. PF

    PeterF

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent German cuisine in a Chicago landmark. The beer is good too. Our server was very nice. A little expensive but worth the money.
  19. MG

    MichelleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had appetizers in the bar area and then headed to the dining area for our reservation. Service was great and both waitresses were very pleasant. Appetizers were on the small size but delicious. Entrees were superb. Will definitely go again as our visitors loved it too.
  20. SG

    SayantaniG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed the experience and the food is to die for. I got two of my favourites that are hard to come by, the lamb burger and the cider. The service was warm and the environment took you back in time to the movies you saw as a . A definite must try for your Chicago visit.
  21. MW

    MargaretW

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu. Wonderful execution. Super service. What a Chicago treasure.
  22. TH

    TomH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful selection of German food, well prepared.
  23. S

    Srpoobah

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly folks at the Berghoff. Truly enjoyed a relaxed luncheon...food was better than expected
  24. WC

    WestChicago

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to have a light dinner before CSO. Highly recommended!
  25. f

    foodie12

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We have been going to the Berghoff since we started dating 50 years ago. There are some changes, but we love it. The food was delicious and now they are dining partners with CSO, so we even got a free dessert. Homemade apple strudel! Major yum! I had the traditional reuben sandwich. My husband ordered a sandwich special, the Cuban, that he raved about. We had a good time!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I enjoyed our lunch today 😋
  27. FP

    FrankP

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    After reading that the food was all made in house and from their own sources I expected too much I guess. The food was ok but, for the price, was way less than expected.
  28. LM

    LindaM

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t visited Berghoff’s since 1980s. Still same great food and ambiance.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great pre show dinner. Everything was delicious. Great for big groups, including groups with kids. We will definitely be back!
  30. CP

    CarolynP

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was very upbeat and friendly to make our dining experience very enjoyable. We enjoyed our favorites of the traditional German fare. Looking forward to our next visit.
  31. D

    Donald

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant and attentive waitress. Delicious food and great ambiance.
  32. DH

    DanielH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was average. Nothing spectacular. Food service cafeteria quality.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Esther was particularly helpful, cheerful, and engaging
  34. n

    nancyw

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glad to know it is still the same cheerful place with the same great food!
  35. BB

    BrettB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    White fish was delicious! 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😀😀😃🥹😃😃😃😃😀
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Food was disappointing. We were underwhelmed. Beer was delicious, we had a flight of beers that was delightful. Tourist trap!

    The Berghoff RestaurantResponded on November 1, 2022Good Morning, Thank you for your feedback on your recent dining experience. While your service and beers seemed to be up to our standards, your meal was not. Though we are heavily recommended for tourists, we do not want anyone to leave disappointed. We always strive to give the best individual experience to all our guests. Please email us at info@berghoff.om with any pertinent details so we may address your concerns or complaints with our team. Thank you, Colleen S.

  37. DJ

    DavidJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I love the Berghoff and this was my first time there in a few years. I brought three people who had never been there before. Service was great. The food wasn't though. Small portions, bland, unimaginative food with weak side dishes. No bread. And, if I didn't mention this before, really small portions. Very disappointed.

    The Berghoff RestaurantResponded on November 1, 2022Hi David, Thank you for your feedback on your dinner with your guests. We are disappointed that you and your guest's overall dinner was not as expected outside of this service. Please email us directly at info@berghoffcom with the menu items you ordered, the description or name of your server, and any other pertinent information. We would appreciate it. We do our best to address any dissatisfaction as soon as possible, if not immediately. Thank you again, Colleen S. Brand Manager

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We were visiting for a work trip and heard we had to go to the Berghoff. We went at a time when there was live music. We were looking forward to listening to some German music and eating German food. Sadly, we were very underwhelmed. The food seemed like it was pre-prepared and sat under heat lamps prior to coming to the tables. The music didn’t fit the ambiance of the restaurant. It was 80’s pop rock being played in a historic establishment. The band wasn’t playing and seemed based on their attire, to be folk music. It was expensive and disappointing.
  39. H

    Happy

    New England

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. Especially the strudel and coffee. The beer was also very good. Will be back again.
  40. H

    Helen

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time celebrating the last day of a trade show ..lots of good food, drinks, ambiance…no music the night we dined

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Berghoff Restaurant using the Order Online button. The Berghoff Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 427-3170.

The Berghoff Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1851 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Berghoff Restaurant

17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State and Adams Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:45 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    German, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Reduced parking validation at InterPark Parking Garage, located at 17 E Adams.

  • 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.We offer validated parking at 17 E Adams-InterPark. Please make sure to bring your parking ticket to the restaurant, and ask your server or host to validate.SpotHero ParkingBook convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app.To reserve your parking spot, visit the Berghoff Restaurant SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Reichel

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 427-3170

  • 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!

  • Private party facilities

    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. Contact Jamaal Bashir l to book your next event--Jamaal@berghoff.com

  • Private party contact

    Jenna Musil: (844) 556-5484

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