The Berghoff Restaurant

4.2
768 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
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.
Additional
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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and historic building. Kid and family friendly.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I thought it would be more lively but the food and service made up for the lack of "party!"

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Berghoff food was delicious and the service was attentive. Thank you!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Came in from Detroit. Took our 2 kids. One of the highlights of our trip!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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!!

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The Berghoff is a good option for a quick, casual bite before a show.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Reservation was early due to theater timing but the restaurant was empty and still felt rushed.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Excellent food and service. Very efficient for pre-theatre dinner. Wonderful beer and root beer!! Authentic German selections. Highly recommend!!!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Excellent food and service! Added to my list of places to frequent!

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2.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Birthday dinner which I wrote in notes but restaurant didn’t acknowledge at all

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Hadn’t been in years - business meeting - all good.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The food and our waitress were fantastic. A must for great German food.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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!

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Not what it used to be.

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1.0Dined on July 20, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Old School place!

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Birthday. Asked for booth and was given a table. No recognition of birthday Even though I mentioned it on the OpenTable reservation

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

German Cuisine and Service were Outstanding Apple strudel and Chocolate cake were excellent finishing touches!

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1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This place has lost anything it once had. Plenty of other choices in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Excellent gluten-free choices. The stuffed sole, cheesecake, and flourless chocolate cake were absolutely delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

My brother’s 60th birthday, he wanted German food and beer,he was very happy with both.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was good, service was attentive, dining room a bit noisy. Great for before the theatre.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Been around 120 yrs and keeps going with good service and good food.

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