The Berghoff Restaurant
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!
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.View Private Dining Details
Great food and historic building. Kid and family friendly.
I thought it would be more lively but the food and service made up for the lack of "party!"
Berghoff food was delicious and the service was attentive. Thank you!
Came in from Detroit. Took our 2 kids. One of the highlights of our trip!
Pretty historic restaurant and bar. Sturdy German food and a very good beer selection. Nice lunch option if you are going or coming from the Art Institute
Came here for dinner before seeing “Hamilton.” Very bustling place...and the servers seemed a bit stressed. I got one of the special drinks, which was expensive but good. However, when the waiter brought my soup, the drink spilled. I was not offered another drink, and the table was never properly wiped, so I ate the rest of my meal on a sticky table. Excellent soup, weinerschnitzel and dessert...but the dinner was a bit marred by the loss of the drink and the sticky table.
I had a taste for German food and was not disappointed. The food was excellent - tasty with generous portions and very good presentation. The waiter went above and beyond with menu substitutions. When I asked for gravy for my spaetzle, he brought two different kinds that they use for different types of entrees. The experience was very positive and I highly recommend The Berghoff Restaurant.
What a gem of a restaurant. Food and service was outstanding!! Highly recommend!! Would go back in a heartbeat next time we are back in Chicago!!
The Berghoff is a good option for a quick, casual bite before a show.
Of course it IS a German restaurant..sauerbraten, creamed spinach, veal schnitzel..specialities.
Do not order the squash lasagna....dried out, the squash is in chunks instead of puréed and layered...either old or cooked too long. I phoned them and asked that it be struck from the menu.
Reservation was early due to theater timing but the restaurant was empty and still felt rushed.
We went for my boyfriends birthday and there were 8 of us. I made reservations online and they took us right away. The restaurant is one block from the CIBC Theatre which made it very convenient for us as we were going to see Hamilton afterwards. The food was delicious and our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. Would recommend!
Excellent food and service. Very efficient for pre-theatre dinner. Wonderful beer and root beer!! Authentic German selections. Highly recommend!!!
Family meal before hitting the theater. Schnitzel, Bouilliabaise, Beef Medallions- all was good. Black Forest cake is unparalleled.
Delicious, authentic meals- not too heavy before a show. Reasonable prices.
Excellent food and service! Added to my list of places to frequent!
Food was bland and tasteless. The sause tasted like it came from a jar. I was very disappointed with the quality of the meal. The "glazed vegetables" were raw.
Birthday dinner which I wrote in notes but restaurant didn’t acknowledge at all
Hadn’t been in years - business meeting - all good.
Sorry, but I am writing this review for my two German guests who I took there for authentic German food. They both were pretty disappointed that it was so Americanized given the history of the restaurant. The pretzel 🥨 is a nice touch for a positive spin...which we didn’t get.
The food and our waitress were fantastic. A must for great German food.
We went to The Berghoff before seeing Hamilton at the CIBC theatre. We allowed two hours for dinner before show time and it was the perfect amount of time. We did not feel rushed, were able to order appetizers, drinks and dessert as well as walk over to the theatre all in that time. Our waitress was super friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and beer. She explained some of the history of the restaurant and information about German food. Everyone loved their traditional German food and the servings were big but not overwhelming. We had a 9-person party and sat at a big round table which allowed for conversation amongst everyone. Since we were eating before the show, it was rather early for dinner so it was quieter than I assume it usually is, which was nice to catch up with everyone. I would recommend this restaurant to someone who wants a casual, relatively quick meal before a show!
The waitstaff and service were excellent. However some of the German dishes disappointed. The dining area noise was intensely loud making it impossible to have conversation with those in our group. It was a good spot for a CIBC pre-theater meal because of location and we were in and out in a timely manner. Wonder if management realizes how uncomfortable the noise level is
We were in Chicago for vacation and wanted to have a nice family meal. We are so glad we chose this place. Great all around.
Very disappointed. The overall ratings that we read on line were very positive for the most part. We made reservations for 7:30. Upon arrival, the restaurant was almost deserted. Our table had crumbs and was dirty from the previous diners. We should have left at that point right? Once seated, we had to ask to have the table cleaned. Our waitress had a strange attitude and lacked personality. Food was sent timely, but was not authentic German by any stretch. Very bland or overly sweetened. If you want authentic German, this may not be where you want to go in Chicago.
Would not recommend it based on our experience.
Berghoff lager and dark lager were fair beers. The root beer is FANTASTIC. Sausage trio dinner was good but Fredericksburg, Texas german food was much better. Waitress was at the beginning a bit rude saying we couldn’t exchange risotto to mashed potatoes and I wanted to taste a draught beer but she said is would cost a dollar per taste. Got the berghoff dark lager and did not enjoy it much. She came back and said the cook said potatoes were ok to exchange. Overall, an ok place but definitely not a 5 star
We had reservations and we got there early and they were able to seat us right away. Food was great, atmosphere was great and our waiter really nice!
Not what it used to be.
The restaurant was not busy, but they made us wait until the entire party was present. Ok, but like I said there were open tables and the waiting area is terrible. The food was bad and the beer was blah. If you are German restaurant and don't have good beer and good sausage you are in trouble.
Our waiter was friendly but less than attentive.
It was confusing to me especially since the restaurant was not that busy the evening we went.
The beer selection was great. The pretzel appetizer we had was super yummy with all the three different dipping sauces. My husband and I split a 10 ounce burger and it was very delicious! The homemade chips were also very yumm The beer selection was great. The pretzel appetizer we had was super yummy with all the three different dipping sauces. My husband and I split a 10 ounce burger and it was cooked to perfection and very delicious! Homemade chips were a hit.
The German potato salad was not very good. I have made German potato salad myself from my mother in law’s recipe and Berghoff’s version did not even come close. The potatoes were not cooked and it was not that flavorful so that was very disappointing. I have also made from scratch, German chocolate cake. I know exactly how it should taste and how it should look. The German chocolate cake was not a traditional German chocolate cake. The chocolate cake itself was a dark, devil’s food cake topped with a coconut pecan topping so it technically was not a German chocolate cake. Had I known I would’ve never ordered it.
For the generous burger and the huge Bavarian style pretzel and beer I would definitely go back!
My granddaughters were in visiting from Denver. The girls are 12 and 15. Both have traveled to many places in Europe and they would now like to take a trip to Germany. Since we were downtown to see Hamilton I thought they might enjoy a German meal. Both girls simply loved the variety and very much enjoyed their dinner and their Bavarian pretzel. I have liked in Chicago my whole life and have always enjoyed coming to eat at the Berghoff.
I would recommend Berghoff's for the food...ambiance..and if you want to get the feel of old time Chicago..then this is the place.Incredibly efficient and polite wait staff.
Old School place!
Birthday. Asked for booth and was given a table. No recognition of birthday Even though I mentioned it on the OpenTable reservation
German Cuisine and Service were Outstanding Apple strudel and Chocolate cake were excellent finishing touches!
This place has lost anything it once had. Plenty of other choices in Chicago.
Excellent gluten-free choices. The stuffed sole, cheesecake, and flourless chocolate cake were absolutely delicious.
My brother’s 60th birthday, he wanted German food and beer,he was very happy with both.
Berghoff's was lovely and lots of fun. We have German ancestors and love to try authentic German food. We loved our choices. The only regret I have is that we didn't try the soft pretzel but we sure wish we would have - it looked amazing. The homemade Root Beer was delicious!
Food was good, service was attentive, dining room a bit noisy. Great for before the theatre.
Been around 120 yrs and keeps going with good service and good food.