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The Berghoff Restaurant

The Berghoff Restaurant

German Restaurant and Bar$$$$
The Loop, Chicago
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    The experts at Time Out Chicago and Explore Chicago recommend this place
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  • Tips
    Dawn J.
    "Awesome Wiener schnitzel and great gluten free choices."(14 Tips)
    Mark B.
    "Thanks for the FREE root beer!"(3 Tips)
    Pocket S.
    "Great root beer, great value, nice but a little slow service."(3 Tips)
    Krista W.
    "The Wiener schnitzel was good but the Sausage Trio was the best!"(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon147 Tips and reviews
  • German food
  • root beer
  • great root
  • sausage trio
  • pretzels
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  • Pocket S.heart icon on user image
    Pocket SunAugust 11, 2014
    Great for lunch. They have a huge pretzel dish, and quality sandwich items with German sausages. I like the variety of bread served before the meal. Free root beer with check in!
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 30, 2017
    Give visiting execs a taste of old Chicago with a reservation at this iconic establishment. Since 1898, it’s served steins of German beer and corned beef sandwiches. Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Karleigh W.
    Karleigh WarnerNovember 9, 2015
    They have so much good food; the waitress was very helpful in finding me vegetarian dishes. The pretzel is enormous and so fun! Potato pancakes and mashed potatoes were really good.
  • Greg R.
    Greg ROctober 25, 2015
    I love this restaurant whenever I'm in Chicago. Whether it's pierogies and fish in the main restaurant or Corned beef from the carvery downstairs. It's always been good!
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoFebruary 8, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Pete’s Bouillabaisse (Shrimp, bay scallop, salmon, mussels, calamari, saffron-infused stock, jasmine rice timbale, garlic crostini)
  • Michael M.heart icon on user image
    Michael MorganJuly 18, 2021
    Really nice restaurant right in the middle of downtown Chicago. The interior of this place is beautiful and reflects the history. The pretzel appetizer is also great and huge!
  • Michelle D.heart icon on user image
    Michelle D.March 18, 2017
    The pretzel is very good, but it is a meal on its own. Be careful and don't order it if you're planning on having much else!
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMay 23
    Been here 5+ times
    Game Sausage Plate (Boar, venison, and duck sausages topped with a rich Madeira sauce served with caramelized root vegetables and house-made spätzel)
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron K.April 4, 2013
    Excellent atmosphere and food. Full of charm. Beautiful murals of the World's Fair. Came here St. Patrick's Day weekend & had the best Reuben I've ever had. Highly recommend!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkNovember 20, 2014
    Founded in 1898, this Chicago institution offers an irresistible Apple Strudel, made with tart Granny Smith apples and topped with a warm caramel sauce. Read more
  • Nicole J.
    Nicole JonesJuly 13, 2019
    Gretchen’s potato pancakes are a must! The Bavarian pretzel with a liter stein of their beer for the win! The spatzleknodel has a weird texture.
  • C R.heart icon on user image
    C ReyDecember 14, 2016
    Traditional German cuisine with all your schnitzel needs. Be sure to get one of their Berghoff brews to wash it all down.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJuly 7, 2014
    The legendary, century-old German haunt has added a few modern dishes to the menu over recent years (bacon-wrapped shrimp, molasses-crusted salmon), but we stick with the way things were. Read more
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockMarch 3, 2017
    The creamed spinach is a pretty awesome side as well as the spaetzle! Delicious.
  • Chubbsheart icon on user image
    ChubbsMay 3, 2019
    Rahmschnitzel was excellent. Paired it with a stout beer (can’t remember the name). Sat at the bar and the bartender was very attentive.
  • Neal J.heart icon on user image
    Neal JainMarch 21, 2019
    Had the Rahm schnitzel for pre-theatre dinner. was really good and the service was nice. it's a big place with a lot of history.
  • Britini R.heart icon on user image
    Britini RiosSeptember 22, 2017
    I had a great root beer! Also the Ruben for lunch was amazing.
  • Captain D.
    Captain DeadpoolFebruary 13, 2017
    Food was great. We came here during restaurant week and managed to try 4 things on the menu. Get the liter beer
  • Anamaria H.heart icon on user image
    Anamaria HernandezApril 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Dark beer + sausage trio = amazing dinner. And the sauerkraut was delicious!
  • Captain D.
    Captain DeadpoolFebruary 13, 2017
    Get the liter beer. We tried the 4 course meal during restaurant week and it made us want to come back!
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris RMay 8, 2015
    Beer flights available. Recommend one with the pretzel if you're just in to grab a quick bite and a brew.
  • Ross B.heart icon on user image
    Ross BonjernoorJuly 9, 2018
    Good selection of local and imported beer. The brat and knockwurst appetizer was excellent.
  • Cherri P.heart icon on user image
    We enjoyed a delicious lunch! Service was prompt and friendly. We highly recommend Berghoff’s!
  • Carol M.
    Carol MarrAugust 20, 2014
    Unique atmosphere, everything on the menu is good! Looking for a salad with flavor? Cajun chicken salad is great!
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockNovember 8, 2013
    First visited in early 60"s when had all male wait staff. Great German pub and Restaurant with traditional German dishes.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅March 29, 2018
    There are some good vegetarian options but he stuffed mushrooms are pretty good!
  • Saraheart icon on user image
    SaraJanuary 12, 2018
    Draft root beer also comes in diet! German food can’t be beat
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    Chef Carlyn comes from four generations of gourmet chefs--so she knows the importance of a top-notch culinary education. Find out more about where Chef Berghoff learned her skills. Read more
  • Vivian S.
    Vivian SheJune 17, 2014
    Ask for the off the menu Berghoff dark ale. It's 10% alcohol, the strongest beer they have on tap.
  • Jersey D.heart icon on user image
    Jersey Dad69November 7, 2016
    The Rahm Schnitzel was perfect for lunch. Very tasty, not over cooked and a good portion.
  • Rick E.heart icon on user image
    Rick EcksteinMarch 11, 2016
    The lower level sandwich bar serves awesome bratwursts! Don't forget the sauerkraut!!!
  • Neil K.heart icon on user image
    Neil KanningJuly 18, 2015
    The food was good. Not authentic but good. The beer was okay. The history and restaurant itself are pretty amazing. Our waitress was borderline rude when I asked about the foursquare special.
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph B.August 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food, but the homemade beer is where this place stands out. Plus, Berghoff has immense historical value.
  • Eliane v.
    Eliane vdBOctober 12, 2012
    [Charles M. Palmer, 1872] See what Chicago looked like before the Great Fire, including an 1872 cast-iron façade. Visit this famous restaurant's bakery.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperJanuary 12, 2012
    A Chicago classic! Try the seasonal Berghoff beer. Great place to grab dinner/drinks before a show at the Bank of America Theatre.
  • Chance M.
    Chance MelbourneOctober 13, 2014
    My mom used to tell stories about when she would go here with her father and grandfather so I took her here for lunch recently. She said it made her sad to see what it has become and that it's ruined.
  • Jonathan J.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan JesseJuly 31, 2014
    Amazing Gluten-free options here. Everything that is available is clearly marked
  • Kara H.
    Kara HSeptember 8, 2014
    Try the Berghoff cafe in the basement open weekdays for lunch. Cheap and quick options.
  • max L.heart icon on user image
    max LMarch 22, 2017
    Classic German fare. The schnitzel combo platter a must
  • Helge T.heart icon on user image
    Helge TippmannMarch 12, 2019
    The street lager Aka Dortmunder is the best US made lager I have tasted in a decade. Full stop
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMay 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you make reservations for Saturday lunch or you may have a long wait.
  • Zach D.heart icon on user image
    Zach DietmeierFebruary 16, 2019
    Great root beer, reasonable lunch specials with a whole lot of flavor.
  • Jon S.heart icon on user image
    Jon SkisFebruary 11, 2019
    Corned beef Ruben, house chips, and a dunkle. Can't go wrong.
  • Pocket S.heart icon on user image
    Pocket SunApril 21, 2014
    Great root beer, great value, nice but a little slow service. Will come back again!
  • Jessica P.heart icon on user image
    Jessica PlacenciaJune 23, 2017
    Beer! Try the pierogies and plank salmon.
  • Chris Y.
    Chris YoumansJanuary 13, 2013
    The lamb chops were delicious. The beer flight was good as well. The dark beer was my favorite.
  • Tim C.heart icon on user image
    Tim ConnorsJuly 8, 2017
    The Berghoff Hefeweisen is so smooth and amazing!
  • Doc E.heart icon on user image
    Doc EmerMay 3, 2014
    Never leave without trying their root beer -- one of the best in the planet.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithSeptember 1, 2012
    The perogie appetizer is excellent and goes well with the free root beer you get for checking in.
  • Dana D.
    Dana De la vegaDecember 1, 2013
    Tiffany is a great bartender. Great personality and really good at her job.
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