The Berghoff Restaurant

4.3
930 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!”

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Pleasant staff and attentive to your questions and concerns. Has vegetarian options that are delicious.

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N
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Berghoff has been our go to place to meet with friends for dinner before the CSO or for lunch to refuel while spending the day downtown. A family tradition for a very long time.

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SB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places for an informal business lunch.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

This place epitomizes average dining. Interior was dirty and old and the service was awful. Servers look apathetic and don’t share their names. They forget parts of your order and are slow. #ExpectedMore

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TC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jay was attentive and very courteous, comfortable as a waiter and with the various table customers nearby.
The whitefish was the best fish I’ve had in months, and I eat more than a normal share of fish dishes.

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f
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Family here from out of town looking for real food. We had great food. Our party go eoght had chicken, white fish, the sausage plate, a Rueben, the Restaurant week specials and a huge salad. Everything was fresh and favorable. We enjoyed the beer and baskets of bread with butter. We had apple strudel for dessert which was yummy. We would highly recommend the Berghoff.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

7 people 1 persons food took forever, everyone else was done eating.
I had Caesar salad with beef medallions
Tiny tiny salad, 2 medallions that were over done and the meat was tough.

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a dear friend, but as our lunch followed an earlier event we could not give the restaurant an exact arrival time, or precise number of people. The restaurant worked with us closely to accommodate these circumstances, arranged for a round table for 10, and served a free desert to our celebrant. Food was hearty and well-prepared, special favorites were the duck and the white fish with delicious side dishes, and an outstanding flourless chocolate cake. Service very pleasant and attentive, never rushed. I recommend the Berghoff for any occasion and will definitely go back.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious! I had the Cedar Plank Salmon. Loved it.

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S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Took my son who wanted to try as never had. I have been there many times but mostly for lunch.
Our waiter was pretty dull and low energy.
I had the duck but have to say was a bit rubbery.
My son did like the German sausage trio however.
Likely not come back for dinner but Chicago classic and
will likely come back for lunch.

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CS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED our meal this week, and have loved meals at The Berghoff literally for generations. One of our first stops any time we are in Chicago!

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CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were at Berghoff’s to Celebrate our son’s birthday. The service was so so and some meals were very good but others were not so good (food was dry). The ambiance was nice and our son enjoyed the root beer.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were great! Ester was a fabulous waitress! The bill for two was over $100 though so definitely expensive!

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RD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Very authentic. Loved it.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous meal! Everything we ordered was superb, and the entire menu sounded delicious.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were responsive to our needs, the ambience was warm and welcoming, and the food was DELICIOUS!! We will definitely be returning!

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food was excellent. The only negative is that they had to moo the floor when we were eating. The cleaner scent was almost overwhelming. But service was great, polite and quick. A great meal

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Waitress rude and the food was terrible definitely will never go back or refer anyone to the restaurant.

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Longtime favorite. Only one disappointment; roasted fingerling potatoes were very tough, difficult to slice. Too long in a warming pan? Great treat menu for Chicago Restaurant Week.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A Chicago landmark. Great location on Adams. My parents took me there back in the 70's. Loved everything but it's a little pricey. Salads are extra at $8.00. We each had one drink ($12 for my wifes Kettle One cocktail) a salad and an entree. Bill with tip was $95.00 for two.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, I want to try everything but I can always know the Rueben sandwich is amazing! Tried a burger it was huge and delicious! Definitely met and exceeded my expectations.

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DM
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good choice of seating, good ambiance with low noise level, making it easy to have a conversation, good service (waiter didn’t hesitate to offer his opinions on our choices), good food (I had meatloaf), very good dessert (chocolate cake), and reasonable prices for the quality and location. We will return.

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I ordered the Rahm Snitzel and the cutlet was not cooked at time of my order. What a second rate way to embarrass me in front of my customers. It was not hot and the gravy and mashed potatoes were cold.

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AW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!! Cool atmosphere, great menu...we had a bunch of types of schnitzel, pot pie, sauerbraten roast, and two different appetizers...everything was fabulous! We’re from STL, if we ever come back to chicago we will be back. Have the root beer!! Service was great too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The meal started off ok with the Bavaria pretzel, but, sadly that was the lone highlight. Food was all extremely bland, underseasoned, and dry. The service was inattentive and forgettable. We were very excited to go and left extremely dissapointed.

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TF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and beer was also outstanding.

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was slow and the lighting was so bright it reminded us of a high school cafeteria. We left before the meal. It’s just not like the old Berghoff.

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for almost 40 years when I visit Chi. My folks started coming in the 1940s. An absolute favorite.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The beer was great. Pretty underwhelmed with the food.

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JD
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent German food. Potato cakes were very good. Pot roast was outstanding. Excellent service.

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B
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food and server was friendly and funny. We enjoyed the evening very much.

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k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school comfort. No loud music, good food and beer. Nice environment.

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ME
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. They were short a server so service was a little slow but the waitress did a great job, and did what she could to make up for it. Great overall experience

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SC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Server was terrible. Had to ask for refill on water not once, not twice but 3 times. Waited close to 40 min for food on lunch hour. Other tables around us came in after, received their food first. Once the food arrived, food was good.

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l
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

felt like we were in a gymnasium the lighting was so bright. potato pancake was flavorless. the chicken on my daughters caeser salad tasted like catfood and she couldn’t eat it. bread was so stale you could crack it in half.

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I
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting old coworkers

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Waiter could never be found. Lack of service caused stress on time and ruined the pre-theatre meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow! Took my Mom for her birthday and she was speechless. Food was amazing and still can’t go over that Pretzel... best I ever had. Highly recommend

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Berghoff has been a holiday tradition in my family for two generations and I am happy to report that it is still a wonderful place to have dinner with a large group. Thank you for the wonderful food, service, and atmosphere! We will be back again next year!

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My team and I chose The Berghoff for our holiday luncheon and were not disappointed. We arrived at our reservation time and were immediately seated. The server was friendly and helpful in addressing questions about the menu. The food itself was outstanding. Every team member raved about their chosen dish. The flavors, temperature of the dishes when they arrived to the table, and the presentation were all appealing to the senses. As we were leaving, a team member said, "Why don't we have lunch there more often?!?"

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