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The Berghoff Restaurant

17 West Adams St, O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL 60603
312 427 3170
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Ranked #503 of 8,286 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: German
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: State Street
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.
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!
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English first
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here for many years. It was one of our favorites not any more. Twelve of us ate there, 9 were unhappy with their dinners. To start with the service was sooooo slow. The meals were cold. The mashed potatoes tasted like they were the day before maybe even instant. The red cabbages tasted as it was from... More

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Very few of this type of restaurant is around today. It is not trendy, but food is very good. Old fashioned charm in an old fashioned German restaurant. Who could ask for more?

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Hadn't been to the Berghoff in many years. I remember the food being very good, but there's a chance I was just younger then. My wife and I had reservations, which let us skip the long line that forms on weekends. She had a mixed drink and I had the house amber. Both were good, and reasonably priced for the... More

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Palm Springs, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great, authentic German ambience. It's really a part of old Chicago. Just don't expect much from the food. Ok sandwiches, terrible fish and chips. They make their own beer, which is ok (review by my son the beer expert).

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Arlington, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We have been there and enjoyed it in the past, but we were now wondering if it had outlived itself; however, we were not disappointed; the service was a bit slow, but the food was just great and the atmosphere was fine also for a rather late dinner mid-week;

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Wasilla, Alaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We had a very nice dinner here. Though I love German food and ordered a traditional German dish, my husband ordered a less ethnic meal with two special requests. They were very accommodating and attentive. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and also the atmosphere of the lively, inviting restaurant. It was also reasonably priced for a nice restaurant in... More

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Newville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I had last been to The Berghoff in 1976, so naturally I wondered if anything had changed in 38 years. In a word, no. Perhaps the waitstaff is a bit more ethnically diverse, but the service is just as friendly, perhaps even more so; the food and décor, to the best of my recollection, are identical. I think I could... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Being historic I thought the place might be 1) hard to get into and 2) expensive, but it was neither. The ambience was great, the service was attentive and friendly. The restaurant was busy but we ate from the dinner menu in the bar, which was just fine. Make sure to have a look at the frescos over the bar.

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Oakland, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My husband is from Chicago and he wanted to visit his favorite German restaurant and so we did & enjoyed our dining experience very much - great service, great food :)

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

On the recommendation of a family member, we couldn't go to Chicago and not go to Berghoff's!!!! Loved the atmosphere of the dark wood and old look. Our waitress was very friendly and took time to chat with us which was nice. The food was delicious and it took very little time to have our meal. For dessert we had... More

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Additional Information about The Berghoff Restaurant

Address: 17 West Adams St, O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone Number: 312 427 3170
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: German

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