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The Berghoff

Not Rated.
The BerghoffThe Berghoff
BA SCORE
85
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

17 W Adams St
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-5502
United States
phone: (312) 427-3170

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @berghoffchicago

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Reviews by cagocubs:
Photo of cagocubs
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Atmosphere: I stopped in during a lunch break and the place generates a big crowd for their classic lunch line. Many businessmen that work in the loop frequent this place. It is crowded, but you can still comfortably find a seat.

Quality: The quality of beer is okay. It is not the greatest beers in the world, but they are tasty enough to compliment your food.

Service: Service wasn't great, but it was sufficient. Bartender was friendly and answered questions about the beers.

Selection: With seven beers on tap, the selection isn't great. Four of the beers on tap are actual Berghoff beer (ehh) and three guest draughts.

Food: The trick to the Berghoff is to eat at the cafe section where they are serving the lunch lines. The food is similar/same quality as the menu food at a fraction of the cost. The food is good overall.

The Berghoff is a great place to go for historical value. If you are looking to get amazing beer and service this may not be your place.

cagocubs, Aug 05, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

I stopped in this place today for a mini trip to the loop. I had a corned beef sandwhich which was pretty good but nothing to write home about. I also had a pint of the pale ale which was way too sweet and malty and I couldn't tell if it they put any hops into it. Probably my fault for ordering a hoppy beer at a german restaurant. They have soccer on tv which is a plus for me because I can never get enough soccer. Overall the food was decent and fair priced but the beer was mediocre at best. It's alot cheaper than the elephant and castle down the street but they have fullers esb on tap which this place can't compete with

sportscrazed2, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

The Berghoff in Chicago had pretty tasty food, but the beer definitely lacked a bit. Went there for lunch one day and enjoyed a tasty hamburger with their homemade chips. Also had perogies for an appetizer, which were great.

However, overall it was fairly uninspiring. The atmosphere is fairly bland overall. I imagine at night it might be a bit more lively in the bar. The food was good, the service was decent. The beer lacked, but I'll address that in the beer reviews. Good place for a meal at fairly reasonable prices, but not a lot else I can say about it. Average otherwise.

YonderWanderer, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of emerge077
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%

Kind of a bland experience here. Bar entrance on the left, restaurant on the right. The place was sold but kept in the family after all the hubbub in 2006 that it was closing. It's a Chicago landmark with historical significance, but not really a beer bar, more of a nice restaurant with some German and contemporary food. Crowd was mostly loop businesspeople and tourists.

The bar was long on the left side of the room, with an authentic wall fresco above the bar, along the ceiling. Under that was another interesting artwork, inlaid wood panels of more pastoral scenes, with a built-in clock that kept the correct time. Unfortunately that was the highlight of my visit.

Service was ok, although I was served a more expensive glass size than what I intended to order. A 16 oz. Berghoff Hefeweizen was $5.75... a 6-pack is maybe $7 at the store, Loop prices I guess.

About 10 bottles, all macros. There were 6 house taps and a root beer. They were out of the "seasonal" whatever it was, so there was a pretty limited selection: dark, amber, lager, hefe, and pale ale. Considering these beers are contract brewed (by Minhas, yuck) and available at most area grocery stores, I was hoping for something better at the bar they were named for. The menu sounded interesting, but expensive. "Berghoff Brewery: A midwest craft beer tradition" was on my glass, which was just plain confusing, since the beer has been contract brewed for half a century.

Trivia tidbit: Apparently this was a "men's only" bar until 1969.

emerge077, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%

The Berghoff was our first stop on the CTA/BA Pubcrawl. Due to the recent announcement that the restaurant would be closing...when we arrived we found what would have probably been a 2.5 hour wait for the restaurant with a line sprawling down the sidewalk. Luckily..there's the Berghoff Bar which is attached to the restaurant where we stopped to have some brews.

The bar is a bit like walking into a time warp. There's a long wooden bar on the left hand side with ornate woodwork and lots of old time pictures of the Berghoff. The bartenders are all dressed up rather formally which was kinda cool. There was some nice banquet style food selections on the right...however they kinda cramp the bar and make the walkway narrow. The place was pretty packed when we were there. Basically the entire Berghoff line is on tap for around $4 a pint. I had the hefeweizen, which was quite nice on tap, being that it's one of my favorite bottled selections. Bartenders were nice and attentive even though it was crowded.

This would not be a destination bar for me unless I was in the area...but it was cool to get the chance to stop by and check it out. Rumor has it that the bar will be staying open even if the restaurant closes. Berghoff is a classic Chicago landmark and a nice vintage bar..check it out if you're travelling in the area and try the hefeweizen!

orbitalr0x, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Pepeton
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Great place, pricey though.
But for an outsider like me it was a truly memorable stop on a memorable trip.

My party and I arrived past 10 pm and the captain warned us that the kitchen was about to close.
So we dealed with him to order real quick so they could fix us our dinner. No hesitations on his part.

We enjoed our simple meals with good beer. Then we had just another pint in the bar, that had another hour or so to closing time.

Granted. I have had better beers, but never ever with better food nor better service.

Beautiful surroundings, great service, excellent food and more than a decent dunkel beer.

¡Salud!

Pepeton, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of BeerZack
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%

Let me first of all give a warning to anyone without an ass-load of money who plans to stop by this place for dinner - the place gets really expensive after 5pm.
We were shown what was apparently the lunch menu outside ($7--10 avg prices), but when we decided to go inside, it was a few minutes after 5 and the prices increased to $12--25+ per entree; with "steins" of beer (a pint) for $3.75, I could only afford to try one of the beer styles. Anyway, we both had the "Dark" and it was super quaffable. Not a "great beer" by most standards, but I could drink this dunkel all night with sauerkraut and sausage (if I could afford to spend big bucks on beer and sausage). I would go back to check out the bar -side of this place, but will shun the establishment after 5pm without a doubt. I give it a 2 for service because even though you get 2 or 3 servers coming around your table, it was still slow and very lacking.

BeerZack, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

A Chicago institution, worth a visit by any beer geek because... even though they might not have as big a selection as your average brewpub, they sell drafts for $3.25, That's a bargain in any downtown bar. Anyway, a great place to soak up some of the ambiance of a century of Chicago bar history; heavy old bar fixtures and German decorations. This was originally a "tied house" for Berghoff Beers, and technically still is, as it's one of the few places to serve it, even though the beer is now contract brewed in Wisconsin by Huber. Bar area is separate from the restaurant. During lunch hours, they put on a nice cafeteria style lunch spread in the bar of mostly German vittles: Brats, potatoes, kraut, some halibut, etc., and there's a luchtime cafe in the basement for quick meals. German menu may not be to everyone's liking, but there's plenty of lighter fare, too. After you've kicked back a meal, be sure to try some of their branded liquors!

DrunkMcDermott, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of jackndan
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Although there is little that need be added to Red’s fine review, I’m not going to let that stop me. Berghoff is a Loop institution, and well worth a stop. I’m not truly partial to their beers, but the weiss is nice, and the “dark” ain’t bad. They have a number of beers available by the bottle as well, and there is something that will make a BA happy.

The atmosphere is terrific, beautiful wood throughout, and yes the bar is stand up, although they have squirreled in a few stools for the tables around the perimeter. At lunch, they have a long serving counter, where they dispense very nice brats, carved turkey, meat loaf sandwiches. There ain’t nothing better than a late mid-afternoon lunch, with a brat on a bed of Kraut, a pickle and a hard boiled egg: it’s a Atkin’s delight, until you order the mug of beer.

There is a large restaurant, but the food is not as authentic German as it once was.

They are putting in a big cafeteria style café in basement, and I’ll have to withhold judgment on the effect that will have, if any, on the ambience.

Well worth a stop if you are in the loop.

jackndan, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +9.3%

The Berghoff is a Chicago institution that manages to stay relevant even though its over 100 years old.

It is really two businesses with two distinct areas, the restaurant and the bar. .

First you have the restaurant. Old World here with lots of dark wood and old European charm. A lot of the waiters have been here since what seems like the end of prohibition. But this place is not stuffy. They feature lots of old traditional German favorites, but have kept the menu contemporary with fresh fish and other lighter entrees. They server terrific black bread with the meals. This is a great lunch or pre theater spot. Large crowds, but the wait for a table never seems to long.

The separate bar is a classic. They did not let women in here until sometime in the late 1970s. Until this year, it was stand-up bar with very few stools. I guess times are changing because they have brought in chairs. Great old photos, memorabilia, and fun bartenders add to the atmosphere. They also serve lunch in the bar, you can get their hand carved sandwiches or their wonderful sausages. This is a great post work gathering hole. Good mix of regulars, business people and tourists.

They serve Berghoff beers made by the Huber/Berghoff brewery in Monroe, WI. The Weiss, Oktoberfest, & Pale Ale are excellent. The rest of the choices are more than adequate.

Please include this place on your itinerary when visiting Chicago, you will not be disappointed.

Redrover, Sep 30, 2003
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