Taps: 7 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by libbekat:
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My husband and I were visiting Chicago and decided to go somewhere new for us. We visit a few time a year and always eat and drink at the same places. I have to state for the record, my husband and I are both of German descent. We grew up with a lot of German folk music, crafts and the food. So we felt at home in a kitsch kind of way.
Yes it is kitsch, there is accordian music, the decor looks like a bad German bier hall. Our waitress was German and not the most outgoing waitress, but she was polite and got us everything we asked for. A lot of reviewers have complained about how the staff seems bored or not enthusiatic, this isn't TGIFriday's. I just want beer and food brought promptly and to be checked on occasionally.
We had a few different types of the German beer offerings. The beer was good, not great.
The food was excellent if you like German food.
We had the cheese/meat tray as an appetizer and it was good. My husband even ate the head cheese. It was served with potato salad. This is the best potato salad I have had since I lived with my grandmother as a young girl.
For entrees I got the veal shank, a little bland but good. It was served with spaetzle, a little chewy and not as good as mine, in my opinion. My husband had the stuffed cabbage and it was awesome! We ordered a meatloaf to take home and ate it the next day. That was some of the best meatloaf! The boiled potatoes that were served with the cabbage rolls and the meatloaf were also very tatsty.
Our portions were huge, we were stuffed when we left the place.
My husband liked it so much he wanted to return a few days later.
Not for vegetarians!
09-06-2008 15:42:31 | More by libbekat
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4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
If you like good German food this is the place for you. While the beer list is traditional I find nothing wrong with that. In a day when everybody is looking for the next crazy insane beer I find solace in a traditional German beer with great German food. Love this place a lot.
02-05-2014 23:43:54 | More by ZS881107
3.4/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Fifteen of us decided to hit the Brauhaus on a Saturday night during Oktoberfest, and for the most part we had a good time.
The place was packed, but we had reservations, so they had a table ready for us when we arrived. Reservations are a must on the weekends. Don't even think of coming here without one. Parking is a nightmare. It's easily accessible by public transportation, but if you are driving, just pay the $10 vallet fee and let them park the car for you or you'll be driving around for a half hour looking for an on street parking space. Once inside, the place is designed to look like a typical brauhaus in Germany. Live music and dancing are carried on throughout the night. The tunes are a mix of traditional German polkas and beer drinking songs, with a few oldies thrown in for whatever reason. The dance floor is as crowded as the restaurant, but you've got to get up and dance at least once during the night.
The menu is not large - maybe a dozen different entrees to choose from. Schnitzels (both veal and chicken), sauerbraten, roladen, and sausage platters are all available with traditional spatzel, red cabbage, and sauerkraut. We all found the dinners to be good, but nothing was great. Some desserts were disappointing. While the plum cake was good, the apple strudel was dreadful.
And now for the beer list! How disappointing. What they have is good, but there's not one beer on the small list that couldn't be found at your local liquor store. All they had were 7 beers on tap (Stigl, Spaten, Bittburger, Julius Echter Weiss, BBK Pils, , Hoffbrau, and Kostritzer Black). Bottles include Beck's, Warsteiner, Wurtzburger, Erdinger Weiss, Weihenstephaner Weiss, Spater Optimator, Spaten Oktoberfest, and a few macro brews. Beware of ordering any weiss beer here, as it will come to the table with a lemon wedge in it whether you order it that way or not.
Special kudos to the wait staff here. As crowded as it was, all our beer orders, appetizers, entrees, and desserts all came to the table in a timely and friendly manner - and to top it off they were willing to make out separate checks for our entire party of 15.
Prices are reasonable considering it's a city restaurant and it comes with free entertainment. My bill with two beers, a shared appetizer, entree, and dessert was under $40.
You don't necessarily come here for the food, but you do come for the good times. Prosit!
11-10-2011 09:05:32 | More by matjack85
3.55/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I went to this place for a wedding rehearsal dinner. I am a fan of German style restaurant and love a good Oktoberfest celebration. From walking in I got that vibe that I love that is of a Bavarian style restaurant with German umpa lumpa music. The waiters and waitresses added to the experience with the typical Oktoberfest server outfit and even had German accents. The beer selection was lacking in anything but German beer but what they did have was quite enjoyable and was available in different sized mug all the way up to a hug boot shaped glass. The food was good and was the typical food you'd expect to get at a German beer garden. The prices were decent and the enjoyable feature was singing along with the band and enjoying the festivities. Not a bad place to stop in and have a few good German beers
10-26-2010 03:44:57 | More by Duhast500
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I'll provide a counterpoint to the other reviews, in regard to the Brauhaus as a beer bar.
This place is right in the middle of a nice shopping area, and serves 2L boots at the bar. Unfortunately, there isn't much of a beer selection. Julius Echter or Kostritzer are the best you can do, or Optimator in bottles. The atmosphere is great, in terms of the kitsch-factor, a Polka band plays nightly on weekends for the gray haired set. Wicker-domed globes hang above the bar, with red tinted chandeliers above the expansive dining room. The bar service was pretty good on a Saturday night, although it was the second attempt of the night at getting a beer there (first time the bar was full of campers waiting for tables, with no one behind the bar).
Overall there are better beer options in the area, and better options for your Gemutlikeit fix (Laschetts, Glunz, Resi's). This place has ads on local radio, so take that for what its worth...
12-13-2009 07:55:50 | More by emerge077
4.38/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Like many of the other reviewers, I have been there a hundred times or so. The place is located in the beautiful Lincoln Square neighborhood, the old heart of the German populace with still many good german places around. The place is an institution of sorts. It has been there a long time and the decor looks like it, but that is what makes it a great place to go.
As you go in, there is a huge dining area with the band stage in the back right, with the long wooden bar on your direct right hand side. There are German flags flying, some Bavarian flags around, and many German posters, steins, etc.
The food selection is top notch. The wurst salat is the best I have ever had (sorry Oma) and the entres are all good. The leberkase and Bavarian meatloaf (two different dishes) are high quality. The bier selection, in my mind, is a limited. Their newest addition is Kostritzer, which is a good bier, but not the best. They always have the seasonal biers on tap and the prices are fair.
The real heart of this place is seen during Mai Fest and Oktoberfest, where the place is packed every night and it is just as rowdy as any Munchen Bier hall I have seen.
the band is a lot of fun and they are always playing.
Overall, this is one of my (and my parents) favorite places to go for German food and fun. If you are in town, make a point to go and see what is happening at the Brauhaus! Ein Prosit!
04-27-2008 00:45:28 | More by nocheinsbitte
Chicago Brauhaus in Chicago, IL
89 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.