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The Berghoff Restaurant

#96 of 8,173 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown / The Loop
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17 West Adams St, O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL 60603 (State Street)
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.
312 427 3170
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Description: The Berghoff Restaurant is a Chicago landmark, serving German-style cuisine...
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, Carlyn 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 - Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Savory Tastes and Great Atmosphere

We specifically chose to visit the Berghoff restaurant because it is recommended as celiac-friendly with many gluten-free options on the menu. The menu did have several gluten-free options that were clearly marked. The pricing seemed on par with similar upscale dining locations; however, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We specifically chose to visit the Berghoff restaurant because it is recommended as celiac-friendly with many gluten-free options on the menu. The menu did have several gluten-free options that were clearly marked. The pricing seemed on par with similar upscale dining locations; however, the portion sizes were smaller than expected. The food was tasty, savory, and a good introduction to... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Berghoff has an old world feel to it complete with stained glass and hand carved woodwork. I ordered the "Jäger Schnitzel" with "Spaetzle" the Spaetzle was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The schnitzel was cooked well and was very tender, but a little bit bland. The "Black Forest" cake was pretty good, however, they used maraschino cherries which I found... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, Usa
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59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's the restaurant a cafe and bar. I ate at the bar where there were decent gluten free options, but more importantly, staff was knowledgable about celiac and cross contamination. Priced well!

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Thank Karen H
Nashville, Tennessee
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241 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a great place to meet local old friends for dinner because everyone knew where it was from before. Same great dark ale and rye bread. Good service. But the sauerbraten was not the same and I'm afraid it has lost its soul in the years closed. Hoping it will find that again because it is so classic German... More 

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Thank Katherine B
Lakewood, Colorado
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't come back to Chicago without eating at the Berghoff at least once. Their Saurbrauten and red cabbage are exceptional.

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Thank Gail M
North Fort Myers, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Berghoff Resturant should be on your list of restaurants while visiting Chicago. We learned about it on a Food Tour on our last visit to Chicago. We enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

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Thank Steph537
Saint Louis, Missouri
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We were on a quest for great German Food in Chicago while on vacation and Berghoff's did not disappoint! From the wonderfully giant soft pretzel to the chicken pot pie my daughter ordered (and she might as well have liked the bowl clean) everything was fabulous! Our waiter was great and even gave my son a hint as to where... More 

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Thank Lindsey W
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I can't recommend or not recommend this place. It's OK but just. The food was good, nothing special, but good. Our server was good, though not great. And while everyone sitting nearby was happily enjoying their lunch, our food, Rueben's and a club took FOREVER to arrive. If you like the idea, they have pretty tasty giant "Bavarian" style pretzel... More 

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Thank Michael S
Tallahassee, Florida
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113 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We always eat at the Berghoff when we return to Chicago. I love their sauerbraten and my husband enjoys the sausage sampler. We were disappointed that the café was closed, but the restaurant was opened. The food and the experience was not as good as usual, so we were disappointed. The wait staff was not interested in making sure our... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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93 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Berghoff's is truly an institution in Chicago. Great food, good beer and several options to choose from, including the "regular" restaurant full of atmosphere and the Cafe, for quick and less expensive. Great service, great food, and quite the nice lunch experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 West Adams St, O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL 60603
    (State Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: 312 427 3170

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: German

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

Description

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, Carlyn 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 - Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group 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!
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
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