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“Good German Food”
Review of Hofbrau

Hofbrau
Ranked #9 of 395 Restaurants in Peoria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: German
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Fairbury, Illinois
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good German Food”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

Food was good--we shared a ham shank dinner .Was plenty for 2 people. Good appetizer sampler plate ,too.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Norfork, Arkansas
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Wonderful, Wonderful!”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is the most consistently great meal in Peoria! We can't return to Peoria without our "Hofbrau Fix"! This visit (12/21/13) meant we ventured out on a bitterly cold and icy evening. The roads and parking lot were dangerous. Luckily, we found a spot right in front of the door and the owners had dropped salt for the ice. We were greeted by a friendly waitress and seated at the table we had reserved. Reservations are a must here, especially on the weekend. We had our favorite waitress, even tho they are all good. She immediately took our drink order and asked if we wanted appetizers. Their smoked salmon is an excellent choice for starters. They also bring some great little german rye bread. When the drinks arrived, she took our dinner orders. Within 10 min. our dinners arrived piping hot. I had sauerbraten with red cabbage and spatzele. I also ordered my favorite side of creamed spinach. My wife ordered beef rouladen with the same sides, no spinach. We shared our meat entrées (smothered in german gravy) with each other. Both were exceptional and the portion was enough to fiil us up. The red cabbage was even tastier than we remembered. The spatzele was great and creamy. We shared the spinach which has a hint of nutmeg, I believe. (also excellent).
The prices may seem a bit high to some, but this is a complete experience. It is like walking into a German pub, so we feel we are transported to another country when we visit here. We were too full to have dessert. They also have a huge selection of unique beers, both bottled and on tap. If you visit on Wednesday for lunch, try the Goulash soup. It is exceptional and they usually run out of it.

  • Visited December 2013
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Springfield, Illinois
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wow! great German food”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

If you are looking for an authentic German experience, this is the place. Everything is homemade. The menu has something for everyone. We tried the Jaeger schnitzel, crispy duck, and grilled pork chops. Everyone was very happy with their meal. The spaetzel and sourbrauten gravy is wonderful! Can't wait to go back.

Visited December 2013
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Indianapolis, IN
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589 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
“A BIT DISAPPOINTING”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We like to gamble at the casino on Sundays/Mondays, and this place is always closed on those days, but this last trip to the Peoria area, we went during the week, so had the opportunity to eat here. We had eaten here a few years ago, and were not disappointed at all, so was looking forward to our eating experience here. First, the good things about the place. Had a huge beer menu which made it hard to choose which one. The waitress was very helpful and patient with us while we made our selections. We got there early for dinner (supper), and were seated right away, but the place did start to fill up quickly. The main meat dish was very good. Rouladen, Paprika Schnitzel, and Jaeger Schnitzel was enjoyed by all 4 of us. The Spaetzle Noodles that came with the meal, were cooked to perfection. Service was friendly and very efficient. But, we were a bit disappointed with the German Potato Salad and Red Cabbage. They both seemed to be missing something in them, and were quite bland. Didn't taste like authentic German food at all. :-(

  • Visited October 2013
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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great food, great service!”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Went early on a Saturday evening, thinking we would be able to get right in. They were already busy at 4:30! But seated us if we could be finished in an hour. Though they were super busy, food and service were top-notch! German beer and wine were great and the special of pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with two sides (my husband had sauerkraut and german potato salad and I had potato salad and spaetzle) were superb!

  • Visited October 2013
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